We’ve Forgotten

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July.  The sounds of fireworks were being heard well into the night.  I didn’t venture over to Clear Lake in fear there would be another rain storm happening, so I stayed home and enjoyed the evening.

It was pretty quiet at my office today, and from what I’ve been hearing, there’ve been a number of people who’ve taken the rest of the week off in vacation time.  I guess that would make sense to have a full five days of work off before they’d have to return to their jobs next Monday.

I’ll be out of the office more tomorrow due to appointments I already have scheduled.  As always, I’ll have to do my very best during my meetings with new clients.  While I was driving across town today, I happened to notice a for sale by owner sign in a yard belonging to a couple who’ve tried selling their home a number of times over the years.  Sometimes they try to sell it themselves, while others, they have it listed it with a Realtor.  You would think they’d finally “get it” that their home is not worth the high price they’re asking.  But, one never knows when and if by chance a naive buyer gets hooked into buying it.

My heart still goes out to that young buyer from out of town who paid way too much to a “for sale by owner” over in Clear Lake.  No matter what improvements are made to that home, it’ll always be its location that’ll pull down the value.  No wonder the home has changed hands more often than what’s normal for their market.

One of my faithful clients came to the office this morning in need of some assistance with a real estate transaction.  He’d mentioned something about paying for my time, but I insisted not, simply due to his family’s loyalty to Holtz Realty.  We must always remember to give back once in a while instead of continually taking.  It helps as a reminder to us all that we’re a community.

Several generations ago, people living on farms as well in towns, didn’t think twice when it came to helping each other whenever there was a need.  We’re still seeing remnants of that community mindedness whenever driving out in the country and seeing big old barns.  Most don’t realize that nearly all those barns were built with the help of neighbors and relatives.  Have you ever heard the term “barn raising”?  That’s when the farmer has all the materials ready for a one or two day marathon where every able-bodied person was there to help erect it. Wouldn’t it be fun to go back in time to experience the excitement of that day or two?

I scheduled a public open house for this Saturday at my new listing at 903 – 12th St. NW which is I believe is a great value for the price they’re asking which is $69,900.  The monster 3 car garage that goes with it would cost upwards of $30K or more if one would have one similar to it built.  It would make a perfect home for a young couple who are currently renting.  At its current price, the mortgage payment on it would likely be considerably less than what a similar home would rent for.  Please tell friends and relatives.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  If we have no peace, it is because we’ve forgotten that we belong to each other.

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903 – 12th St. NW – Mason City
Joe Chodur

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